Travel to the UAE has never been easier
since it is now one of the most popular
tourist destinations in the world. Most
of the leading airlines of the world fly
into the UAE, but you can also travel by
road or sea. The vast majority of visitors
take advantage of the excellent deals on
offer through a number of tour operators.
The national airlines Gulf Air and Emirates
Airlines offer a comprehensive air service
to the UAE's six international airports
at Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras
al-Khaimah and Fujairah.
40 passenger carriers operate scheduled
flights to Abu Dhabi from approximately
90 destinations world-wide. Major international
carriers include Air France, Air India,
British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, PIA, Britannia,
and China Airlines.
facilities are superb and include an award-winning
3200-square-metre duty free shop, a 19-suite
airport hotel, a golf course 400 metres
from the terminal, a gym, VIP lounges, a
tourist information centre, car hire, travel
agency, hotel reservation, bank, bureau
de change, internet access and a 24-hour
business centre. Raffles for Dh500,000 cash
are commonplace at the airport and there
is alcohol for sale on arrival.
Dhabi airport is situated on the mainland,
35km (22 miles) east of the city. The journey
to the city centre should take about 45
minutes, depending on the traffic.
and Al Ghazal taxis (purple and white luxury
saloons) can be pre-booked or picked-up
at the airport. Fares are approximately
Dh70. Orange and white airport taxis charge
approximately Dh40 to the city centre. Many
hotels run an airport shuttle service.
the return journey, Gulf Air passengers
can check in at a city terminal opposite
the Beach Rotana hotel, up to 12 hours before
their departure time. There is a 24-hour
courtesy shuttle service every half hour
from the city terminal to the airport.
services run from the airport to the bus
station on East Rd approximately every 20
minutes. The fare is Dh3.Note
that there is no left luggage facility at
Abu Dhabi airport.
From London to Abu Dhabi flight times are
6 hours 35 minutes, to Dubai 7 hours; from
Frankfurt to Dubai 6 hours; from Hong King
to Dubai 8 hours, from Los Angeles 19 hours
55 minutes, from Toronto 14 hours 10 minutes,
from Sydney 16 hours 15 minutes. It takes
4 hours to fly from Nairobi to Dubai.
You do not have to pay departure tax at
any of the UAEs airports.